NFLPA And NFL Want Quick Resolution To Brady’s Case

July 31, 2015

NFL Football Lawsuit

For those that do not live under a rock should already be familiar with Deflategate and Tom Brady’s football suspension being upheld. However, it would seem that neither the Patriots, Tom Brady, nor the NFLPA are willing to let that suspension stand, as they have more than a few motives as to get it withdrawn.

The NFLPA, better known as the union established to preserve and defend the rights of the NFL players, is taking lead as they have filed a lawsuit against the League and are going to court to try and get the suspension revoked. The reasons are simple, there is no concrete evidence against Brady; any evidence presented has been circumstantial.

Commissioner Roger Goodell made his decision based off of the issue that Brady had destroyed a mobile phone, which could have had a video of the incident with the deflated balls, however, there is no way to prove that. Despite this, Goodell still stood behind his decision of suspending the star QB for 4 games.

The NFLPA is trying get the decision overturned before the 2015 season starts, so Brady can start playing. They have it scheduled out to get a verdict just in time:

  • Aug. 7: NFLPA and NFL cross move to vacate and confirm the suspension
  • Aug. 14: Both parties file “respective papers” in support of those motions
  • The parties schedule a date for oral arguments that would “enable a decision to be rendered by Sept. 4, when Brady’s team must prepare for its first regular season game.”

Let’s hope the upcoming football season proves to be a good one, and isn’t dampened by the loss or gain of one player. Although, it would be a shame to have Brady miss out of four crucial games, especially the first one against the Steelers.

Sean Smith Suspended From Football For 3 Games

July 24, 2015

New Football Suspension

Yet again the NFL is rattled with another player suspension. This time, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was given a DUI, which prompted his three-game suspension. He is an excellent football player, and the Chiefs will be missing their top cornerback when the season starts in September.

His suspension does not apply to pre-season games, but will take effect on the first week of the regular season, when the games actually start to matter. This was done in order to avoid jail time, which seems like an easy way out. Any regular person would not have been given this type of opportunity.

I would have to say that the NFL does comply with their strict, although sometimes old fashioned, rules, but it would seem real life punishments should also apply to real life actions. A DUI should at least have him doing some kind of community service. This will be bad for all of the Chiefs fans, as their first three games are against:

  • Houston Texans, Sept. 13
  • Denver Broncos, Sept. 17
  • Green Bay Packers, Sept. 28

This could possibly leave the Chiefs in a dire situation, as they face three great offenses, and won’t have a good player in the back guarding against the pass. Smith will be set to return on Sept. 29, where he will get ready to play against Cincinnati on Oct. 4.

Most Watched NFL And College Football Events To-Date

July 17, 2015

Football ratings

When people say that the most popular sport in the United States is football, it is true. Thanks to Sports Media Watch, we have the television ratings to prove just how popular this competitive sport really is. Between the NFL and the NCAAF, they dominate the viewership when it comes to important games, such as the Super Bowl or Playoffs.

College basketball is also included, but they don’t appear at all in the ten highest viewed sporting events in the US. These top ten include:

# Sport Event Network Rating Viewers
1 NFL Super Bowl 49: Patriots/Seahawks NBC 47.5 114.44M
2 NFL NFC Championship: Packers/Seahawks FOX 27.4 49.85M
3 NFL NFC Division: Cowboys/Packers FOX 24.9 44.38M
4 NFL NFC Wild Card: Lions/Cowboys FOX 23.6 42.32M
5 NFL AFC Championship: Colts/Patriots CBS 22.5 42.14M
6 NFL AFC Division: Colts/Broncos CBS 23.3 41.82M
7 NCAAF National Championship: Ohio St./Oregon ESPN 18.6 34.15M
8 NFL AFC Division: Ravens/Patriots NBC 19.6 34.05M
9 NFL NFC Division: Panthers/Seahawks FOX 17.2 31.02M
10 NFL AFC Wild Card: Bengals/Colts CBS 17.0 28.30M

Of the total top 50 most watched sporting events, the NFL takes up 13 spots, of which 9 are in the top 10. As for college football, they appear a total of 4 times, although much lower than some other sports, they still rank quite high in viewership. Other sports included in the study were: NBA, College Basketball, NHL, FIFA, Horse Races, Golf, and Auto Races.

This means that football takes up 34% of the top viewed events, making it the most popular sport to watch by Americans. There is no real surprise with these statistics, as the Super Bowl alone brings in over 100 million viewers each year, and not to mention the amount of money that is bet during the season.

Study On Best Football Fans Based On Equity

July 10, 2015

Best Football Fans

According to a new study conducted by Emory University, which used 15 years of data, in order to determine which NFL team has the best football fans in the entire league. The data used was based on the amount of money that each fan spends on the various different franchise things, including tickets and merchandise. The teams ranked by best fans are:

1 Dallas Cowboys
2 New England Patriots
3 New York Giants
4 Baltimore Ravens
5 New York Jets
6 Chicago Bears
7 Green Bay Packers
8 New Orleans Saints
9 Indianapolis Colts
10 San Francisco 49ers
11 Philadelphia Eagles
12 Houston Texans
13 Denver Broncos
14 Pittsburgh Steelers
15 Washington Redskins
16 Tennessee Titans
17 San Diego Chargers
18 Minnesota Vikings
19 Arizona Cardinals
20 Atlanta Falcons
21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22 Carolina Panthers
23 St. Louis Rams
24 Cincinnati Bengals
25 Detroit Lions
26 Seattle Seahawks
27 Kansas City Chiefs
28 Buffalo Bills
29 Jacksonville Jaguars
30 Oakland Raiders
31 Cleveland Browns
32 Miami Dolphins

This is a study based on the financials surrounding each of the team’s fan base, which is why it may come as a surprise that the fan favorite Seahawks are so low in the rankings. However, Emory did mention that once they base their study on social media following, this list would drastically change. So, better watch out Cowboys fans, as you may get knocked down the list.

It is still interesting to see how much each team charges their fans for tickets, and other franchise items, and are otherwise not priced high enough. We can, at least initially, see how the previously popular teams have fallen short, while others have risen to the top.

Top NFL Defensive Tackles Of 2014

July 1, 2015

2014 NFL Defesive Tackles

As the football season is still a few months from starting, we take a look back to the different players that have made a difference. In this instance we are looking at the top defensive tackles of 2014, as they play a crucial role in stopping the opposing quarterback and breaking up plays from the snap.

The top 10 ranked defensive tackles are:

2014 Top Defensive Tackles

Rank Player Team Stats
#1 Aaron Donald Rams 48 Tackles, 9 Sacks,2 Forced Fumbles
#2 Ndamukong Suh Dolphins 44 Tackles, 8.5 Sacks
#3 Gerald McCoy Buccaneers 35 Tackles, 8.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
#4 Marcell Dareus Bills 49 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
#5 Sharrif Floyd Vikings 42 Tackles, 4.5 Sacks
#6 Johnathan Hankins Giants 51 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
#7 Kawann Short Panthers 39 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
#8 Jeremiah Ratliff Bears 37 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks
#9 Kyle D. Williams Bills 41 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 1 Interception
#10 Sen’Derrick Marks Jaguars 44 Tackles, 8.5 Sacks

We can already tell why these are the 2014 Top 10 defensive tackles in the NFL, if their stats are not enough, simply watch highlight of their performances during the games. Not only do they have stopping power, but they are huge threats to the opposing team’s quarterback, racking up big sacks.

These are not the only notable tackles in football, so if you want to check out the top 55 can read about them here.